Dr. Ursula Struppe
Head of MA 17 – Integration and Diversity
Dr. Ursula Struppe, is head of Municipal department “Integration and Diversity” (MA 17) in Vienna since 2004.
She studied Theology and worked in the field of adult education until 1999. She was co-founder and coordinator of an initiative against xenophobia “Land der Menschen” 1999-2001 and worked with Executive City Councillor Renate Brauner in the field of Integration between 2001 and 2004. This work led to the foundation of the Municipal Department “Integration and Diversity”.
“From the beginning I had a feeling that I can identify myself with this city (Vienna) and with what I am doing – therefore also with the politics of the city. The politics include welcoming people, because the first impression is important for everything that might evolve in the future. But also to say that we expect something: we expect that new people are ready to learn German, use their possibilities and inform themselves – also about the lifestyle of Austrians” stated Dr. Struppe.
What is important for Dr. Struppe is appreciation and respect for everyone. In addition, she has an elaborated sense for equality. One of her goals is that the employees at the municipality, as a mirror of society, become more diverse.